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Zabala Innovation reaches a 71% success rate in the Horizon Europe battery call for proposals


Zabala Innovation achieves a new, important accomplishment within Horizon Europe, the European Commission’s framework programme for research and innovation. In the call, dedicated to building a competitive and sustainable value chain in the battery sector, five of the seven projects submitted by Zabala Innovation have been approved and will receive funding, which represents a success rate of 71%. The remaining projects have been placed on the waiting list, highlighting their excellent quality.

This is a great milestone for Zabala Innovation’s Energy knowledge area. These results confirm the consultancy firm’s positioning in the European market; two of the projects financed have been managed in Spain, another two in France and one in Brussels. Additionally,  the company directly participates as a partner in two projects , with the consequent value for internal innovation and the expertise of The funding obtained in these projects amounts to approximately 33 million euros, which is equivalent to 14% of the total funds allocated to the call.

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“These results demonstrate the high level of knowledge in battery-related projects that Zabala Innovation makes available to its clients, whether they be companies or technology centres,” emphasises Pablo Trueba, Innovation Consultant and member of the Energy area. “Besides, we can see that this knowledge is not concentrated in just one country but has been forged through a joint effort among all our offices in Europe,” he adds.

The projects that will be funded involve a pilot of innovative battery manufacturing and processing solutions for automotive electrification, the development of a novel and safe solid-state battery with high energy efficiency and power density, the development of a global process encompassing a chain flexible enough to treat all types of batteries in a closed loop, the production of a cost-effective solid-state lithium battery with sustainable materials, as well as the strengthening of the partnerships of the different R&D actors operating in this field.

The call ‘Cross-sectoral solutions for the climate transition’ from Horizon Europe’s Cluster 5 (Climate, energy and mobility) – Destination 2 closed on 19 October 2021. With a budget of 232 million euros, it included 16 topics. The next Horizon Europe call in this sector will open on 28 April 2022 and will close on 6 September 2022.